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FRIDAY TRACK: Starch – Not For Small Boys



My ‘Kilon Sparkles’ people

First, I must apologise for not serving up my usual dish of concosion on the weekly. The truth is hustle don carry leg reach Gongola

In between writing proposals and handing out flyers, the mind forgets its sense of humour. And in a bid not to be left behind by Lagos State’s game players, one gotz to play Ludo.

Nothing creative is particularly coming out today either, perhaps it’s the over-starched shirt that one is wearing that is stopping the mind, body and soul from  flexibility. But can you blame me, for years I fell victim to Garment Care Drycleaners (the Rolls Royce of Drycleaning in Nigeria) with their Rolls Royce engine in  washing machine cause that is the only explanation for charging the average man N800 per shirt.

I’ll never forget seeing a customer put in a Primark Shirt at their Isaac John, still puzzled by that but I digress.

Let me tell you how I managed to ‘starch-ify’ my shirt. I found a modest dry cleaning outlet on Ijebu Ode’s famous Abeokuta Road called ‘Snow White’. Don’t even try and think about the name but then again, perhaps that explains why all the men in the store were 5 foot tall. Were they the dwarfs?

Perhaps, so I walked into the shop which on the outside looked good by out-of-station standards, I mean, it had a fan instead of an AC, it had an antenna TV, instead of DSTV, they calculated their invoices using a CASIO calculator instead of a computerized system but if you too looked at their price list, you’d overlook all the jive.

On the price list, shirts were N150 and a 3-piece suit was N600, can you just imagine that?

What a treat, I said ‘Let’s go there…..’, my cheap self had found a haven so I said henceforth I will stop taking my ‘isale apoti’ to Garment Care even though they have AC, and they open the door for me as I approach and they gave me a loyalty card (which gives me 1 free wash a year) and I will have to live with not hearing the sound of arriving on their premises – the ‘snap-crackle-and-pop’ sound of tyres gliding on gravel)

So I said I’d start packing my dirty shirts to Ijebu Ode for some Ijebu TLC after all I’m giving back, I’m helping my local community plus supporting local businesses.

So the next week, true to my word, I packed 22 shirts from Lagos. As I arrived in my constituency, I headed straight to the drycleaners, the excitement of actually knowing that you could afford your dry cleaning as opposed to leaving it at Garment Care for months cause you can’t afford to take them out or do what a friend does which is to check each item separate hence get tens of separate receipts and only collect your garments as you need them.

So I got there, checked everything in, got an amazing deal totalling N3, 300. They asked ‘Do you want to pay now or pay upon collection?’, I almost wanted to scream out loud with ‘I will pay NOW’, I got my receipt and was excited to pick up in three days time.

Fast forward to collection date, my people got there and were told, “The shirts have not been ironed”

2 days later, “we’ve finished 10, come back for the rest next week”

A week later, the remaining 12 were collected and I was pretty chuffed at my new finding although I’d have liked the shirts not to have been folded and stacked together with what looks to me like Cling Film.

So I return to Lagos, it’s a working day, I always like to wear a newly dry-cleaned shirt, it makes my rubber lips look the right size for my head (not the easiest thing), I feel confident, I feel good.

Only for me to try and open one of the shirts and it looked like a paper shirt, the ironed ‘gator’ were soooo sharp that it just looked hopeless. I actually wondered if the shirt had been marinated in Starch.

Upon putting on the shirt, in between my room and my car I was melting like grits on a flat plate and I also gained a small pot-belly because the starch makes a weird circle around the stomach area which perhaps explains why all Branch Managers of Banks all look the same.

Therefore, in trying to do ‘Recession-swag’, let’s not cut appearance cost and look like an old-school finance house GM.

For those of us who like the sound of N150 a shirt despite my promotional rhetoric or for those in denial that you can actually afford putting in more than a pair of socks at Garment Care, Snow White Drycleaners might just be for you.

This Friday Track is Janelle Monae’s new single, Tightrope featuring Big-Boi.

This is just fantastic!


  1. Damee

    May 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    LoL! You didnt have to get to Ijebu before getting a more ‘convenient’

  2. yuki

    May 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    @ I also gained a small pot-belly because the starch makes a weird circle around the stomach area which perhaps explains why all Branch Managers of Banks all look the same.

    you are wrong for that lmao….still laughing , cheap is not always best neither do overpriced things ur case drycleaners scream quality…. kpele..enjoy the Bank Manager swag while it lasts

  3. meagain

    May 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    OMG, laughing my head off

  4. Msbonnie

    May 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Awww… I was wondering wat happend to ” kilon sparkles”..Glad to c u r back..

  5. a mon avis

    May 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    lol @ Rolls Royce engine in washing machine cause that is the only explanation for charging the average man N800 per shirt.

  6. Me

    May 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Kinda pointless article…i dont get it :-s

  7. Kunbistic

    May 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Mr Renaissance man abi mr bobo – which ever one you prefer- ehn Dont ever do that again (or at least get the bella naija team to warn a girl) I was very dissapointed – last week friday o!! I was like where dis boy at wit my dose to perk me up at work on a friday!! Luv from Dublin!! XOXO

  8. reen

    May 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    He he he. Who says awoof no dey run belly? U shd hav tried them with say three of ur shirts that are not on ur top list so that wotever happens cld b tolerated. Now u know d difference btwn ikoyi or VI and ijebu ode

  9. motuns

    May 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    this is funny

  10. LUV U

    May 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm


  11. teablinks

    May 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    long tym………..

  12. judy

    May 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    u just made my day. twas too funny.

  13. Iya2

    May 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    OMG that was HILARIOUS …. Carry go!

  14. Nneka

    May 15, 2010 at 2:05 am

    That’s a nice video. Never heard of her.

    As for your drycleaning moves…,no comment o Bobo. So much for cheap laundry 🙂

  15. udy

    May 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

    i think there are more affordable laundry homes in affordable prices. pple with more name try to over do

  16. kamsy

    May 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    lol…..still laughing @I also gained a small pot-belly because the starch makes a weird circle around the stomach area which perhaps explains why all Branch Managers of Banks all look the same.

  17. Ijé

    May 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I always look forward to these at the end of the week – love your wit! Not to
    mention the great music choices… are you single? 😉 lol.

  18. silva

    May 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

    looooooool @ I also gained a small pot-belly because the starch makes a weird circle around the stomach area which perhaps explains why all Branch Managers of Banks all look the same.
    so funni!…

  19. Ezi

    May 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Very nice!!!

  20. vic

    May 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Laughed so hard

    Bank manager swagger!!!so funny..Thats what you get for being a cheap skate…cheap service

  21. bimpe

    May 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Nice video and i think it has a cerebal quality to it. Janelle Monae knows how to dress her small frame and she is always in black and white.

  22. Pearl

    May 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    OMG…….this is so Hilarious. But come to think of it, there’r really some cheap/affordable laundary shop i know and they are good. maybe u need to talk to me. winks

  23. Glory Edozien

    May 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    The snow white and the dwarfs comment killed me…..still laughing!!!!

  24. MsChi

    May 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    lol! Man you just made my day. This article was very funny. Keep it coming.

  25. Aibee

    May 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Hahahahaha. Very funny article.

    My drycleaner charges around the same range as your Snow White articles but I’ve been very satisfied with their services. High priced isnt always equal to best though.

  26. misstee

    May 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    definitely funny…hubby has to read this!!!just sounds to me like emeka-our laundry guy whom we’v been tempted to fire..exact same peeves!lol!

  27. jaybee

    June 1, 2010 at 11:04 am

    [email protected] they the seven dwarfs

  28. omo tee

    June 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I have taken my cloth from lagos to Abuja to dry clean and guess what usually ,

    I dry clean my skirt for 1200 at garment care(it closest to my house and convinent asises they know how)

    I dry cleaned for N200 at protea asokoro Can u beat that

    free trip et al


    October 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Thankfully some bloggers can write. Thanks for this piece.

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